In my recent study with Bradley Blaylock (University of Oklahoma) and Crawford Spence (King’s College) we retrieve for the first time the financial statements of the Big 4 accounting firms and provide valuable and novel insights into their income shifting activities. Our study is now freely available online in Accounting, Organizations and Society.
Do politically connected auditors deliver superior audit quality or do they compromise their independence for politically connected clients? In my study with Jeff (Zeyun) Chen we retrieve the PAC contributions of all Big 4 employees to members of Senate and House of Representatives committees that oversee the audit industry and examine the implications of auditors’ political connections for their audit quality. Our study is now available online in the European Accounting Review.